Toddler dies in canal near apartment complex in Bradenton

A 2-year-old has drowned
A 2-year-old has drowned(Bradenton Police Department)
Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 11:25 AM EDT
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UPDATED at 4 p.m. Friday with additional information.

BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - A 2-year-old boy apparently drowned in a Bradenton canal Friday morning, police say.

Police say a witness called 911 at about 10:30 a.m. to report what looked like a child in the canal behind the View Carlton Arms Apartments.

The witness pulled the child from the water and waited for help to arrive, police said. First-responders arrived at the location, in the 4000 block of Carlton Inlet Drive, within five minutes but the boy died at the scene.

It was determined that the boy lived in the complex. Police say the parents were located at their apartment and are working with them to piece together what happened and to provide support services. The family has opted to invoke Marsy’s Law and therefore will not be identified.

While a cause of death will be confirmed by the medical examiner, it is believed the toddler drowned, police said.

If you have information on this case, contact Detective Dalia Santana at 941-932-9355. You also may email any information on this or other cases to

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